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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division

Cotton Expansion in the Deep South

As the frontier extended further west, immense lands in Alabama and Mississippi were turned into cotton plantations. The Deep South was responding to a steady rise in demand for cotton from textile mills in the North and in Europe, where the demand grew by 5 percent a year between 1820 and 1860. As the Lower South plantations expanded, their owners clamored for increasing numbers of slaves who were brought from the Upper South.

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Image ID: 497480
Title: [Picking cotton.]
Source: Stereograph collection.
Location: Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Subjects: African Americans
African American women
Cotton pickers -- United States
Cotton plantations

Keywords: Cotton
Emigration
Slavery
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